March 18, 2014: We’re updating our Best of Jersey feature on St. Patrick’s Day. Even though the Big Day & the Big Parade in NYC are over there are 9 more Paddy parades coming up in New Jersey. The celebrations began in Hoboken, Nutley, Collingswood and Mount Holly and continue all month long until Keansburg has its parade on the 29th.
We’ve listed all the parades, dinners and parties in every region that we could find. The biggest parade that we’ve found this year is in Belmar on the 2nd of March, the oldest parade is in Newark on the 14th and the newest parades are in Asbury Park on the 9th and Clinton on the 16th. Both communities will be staging their first parades this year.
There are parties leading up to the holiday that help fund the parades and there are special dinners and other types of celebrations in many parts of the state. We’ll keep adding more listings as we find them.
You’re welcome to join in and tell us about events near you that we might have missed.
N.J. St. Patrick’s Day: North Jersey
Bergen County St. Patrick’s Day
Bergen County St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March, 16, 2014 @ 2:00 p.m. The Bergen County or Bergenfield parade had its first parade in 1981. It is produced by the Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County. The festivities begin with a Grand Marshall Breakfast at Tommy Fox’s Public House and continue with a flag raising ceremony at Roy Brown Middle School at 1:00 p.m. and the parade marching up Washington Avenue at 2:00. The council is quite active throughout the year with award presentations to celebrate Irish culture and this year they are sponsoring the first annual Bergen County Irish Festival. It will take place on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park.
Essex County St. Patrick’s Day
Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. The Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be celebrating its 79th anniversary this year. There will be a high school band competition for the second year in a row. The competition is sponsored by U.S. Bands and the Star Ledger. The parade is part of a larger Irish celebration in Newark that includes an Irish Heritage Week an art contest and an essay contest. In 2013, these restaurants had special St. Patrick’s Day Promotions: McGovern’s Tavern, 27 Mix, Kilkenny Alehouse, and Broad Street Cafe.
Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. The Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be celebrating its 36th anniversary this year. There will be an Investiture Mass at St. Mary’s Church at 10:00 a.m. to begin the day of celebration. There will be a long list of events leading up to the parade that began on February 15. One of the most distinctive events will be an annual Irish Pub tour on Saturday, February 22. The event begins at the Shannon Rose in Clifton at 5:00 p.m. and will visit all the parade’s sponsors. Cost is $35.00. There will also be a Post Parade Party from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Chestnut with live music.
West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday March 16, 2014 @ 12:15 p.m. The West Orange Parade will be celebrating its 63rd anniversary this year. There will be a morning Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 9:30 a.m. Grand stands for the parade will be located on Main Street from Community House to Degnan House. The Investiture will be held on Sunday, February 23 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Tickets are $50.00 each. The event features live music, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and dessert.
Hudson County St. Patrick’s Day
Bayonne St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. The newest incarnation of the Bayonne parade began in 1982 after a 70 year hiatus. The parade marches up Broadway and ends at the county park. There are a wide range of events leading up to the parade starting with a Grand Marshal Brunch on Sunday, February the 23, 2014. On parade day there will be an Irish Mass at St. Vincent’s Church.
Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Pub Crawl – Round 2: Friday, Saturday & Monday, March 14, 15 & 17th The last Hoboken celebration of the green was so successful that the promoters are bringing it back again for another 3 days, just in time for the real St. Patrick’s Day. We’ve got more free tickets again this time, just go to URedeem.com and use redemption code: BESTNJHOB3 to get your free tickets. Please note, supplies are limited and the offer expires on Friday, March 14th, 2014.
Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. The first Saturday of March is a special day in Hoboken, NJ. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day most of the local pubs, clubs and bars come together to put on one huge party. This year they’re offering an all access pass that gets you into every event venue throughout the day. You can get one of these passes for free from BestofNJ.com, compliments of the event organizers. (event past) Find out more about the event @ Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Party
West Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 2:00 p.m. The West Hudson parade began in 1974 after 4 separate Irish associations came together to sponsor a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Today the parade boasts over 1,000 marchers along the parade route through Harrison, East Newark and Kearny. Other highlights include over 50 marching units, the Color Guard of the West Hudson Marine Corps League and the St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band. There will be a Grand Marshal’s Dinner Dance held on March, 1, 2014 at the Cyo Retreat Center in Kearny.
Morris County St. Patrick’s Day
Morristown St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 12:00 noon The Morristown St. Patrick’s Day Parade started in 1979. It features bands, floats and marchers. On February 5th the Parade Committee is sponsoring a Celebrity Bartender Event on the top floor of Morristown’s Irish Pub, Grasshopper off the Green, featuring beer, wine, appetizers, Irish step dancers, a bagpipe band and an Irish band. The bartenders for the night are the parade’s previous Grand Marshals. Admission is $20.00 per person.
Passaic County St. Patrick’s Day
Ringwood St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. The Ringwood parade is the only one in Passaic County. In 2011 the day started with a unity breakfast and a family celebration after the parade. We will add more details as we get them. As of 2/15/2014, there are still no details on the town site.
Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day
Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 11:30 a.m. The Sussex County parade is held in Newton. It started as a very small parade in 2004 at Lake Mohawk. Over the years the event has steadily grown and today it boasts nearly 1,000 participants. Leading up to the parade there is a Grand Marshal’s Dinner on February the 22 at Crystal Springs Resort and a St. Patrick’s Mass and Traditional Irish Breakfast on Saturday, March, 8, 2014.
Warren County St. Patrick’s Day
Hackettstown St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 3:30 p.m. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is the biggest event in Hackettstown. It attracts over 14,000 visitors every year. The parade features over 70 groups, Irish bands, community organizations, bagpipes, drums, horses, Irish dancers, local fire departments, rescue squads, Centenary College clubs, Senior Colonial Musketeers and the Hackettstown Community Band. There’s also an Irish float contest. In preparing for the big day there will be a reception honoring the Grand Marshal on Friday, March 7, 2014 at David’s Country Inn and a concert featuring the Irish instrumental band Lunasa at Centenary College on Saturday, March the 15th.
N.J. St. Patrick’s Day: Central Jersey
Hunterdon County St. Patrick’s Day
Clinton St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m. Clinton will hold its first St. Patrick’s Day parade this year. It is being organized by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. They will sponsor a F.S.S.P dinner dance on Saturday, March, 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Colonial in Hampton. The fundraiser features live music, dinner and a tricky tray. Tickets are $47.50 in advance.
Mercer County St. Patrick’s Day
Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. The Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day Parade began in 1985 and has been going strong ever since. The first parades were organized and sponsored by local Irish pub owners. The Hamilton Parade is the only one that has its own beauty queen. For 2014, Miss St. Patrick is Caitlin Murphy. The parade features marchers, bag pipers, mummers, local organizations and more. The parade begins at the Nottingham Fire House on Mercer Street. There will be a Grand Marshal Luncheon on Wednesday, February 19 at the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a Kickoff Party on March 1, 2014 at Killarny’s Public House.
Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. The Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be celebrating its 28th anniversary this year. There will be an opening ceremony held on the steps of St. Anthony’s Church at 12:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 1:00 p.m. There will be an after parade party held at Rho Waterfront Restaurant with free hors d oeuvres and music by Radio Fiction. The parade is sponsored by the Trenton Irish Heritage Association.
Robbinsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. Robbinsville will celebrate their 5th annual parade this year. The festivities begin with a Mass at St. Gregory the Great at 8:30 a.m. and continue with opening ceremonies at 12:30 at the Foxmoor Shopping Center and the parade at 1:00 p.m. The parade will feature floats, Irish dance groups, marching bands, youth groups, civic groups and pipe bands. The parade is organized by the Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association.
Middlesex County St. Patrick’s Day
South Amboy St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 1:30 p.m. South Amboy will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade featuring bagpipe bands, marching bands and community organizations. Some of the bands in this year’s parade include: Christian Brothers Academy Pipes & Drums, Kearny Caledonian Pipe Band, Princeton University Band, Fred Lahtoy Ragtime Band and the Happy Day String Band. The parade does not have a history page and no information is available.
Woodbridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 9, 2014 @ 1:30 p.m. Woodbridge began their parade 47 years ago and it is still going strong. The community will start their day at 9:00 at the town hall with a flag raising ceremony. The parade will start at 1:30 at Woodbridge High School. The parade is a production of the American Irish Association.
Somerset County St. Patrick’s Day
Spain92 St. Patrick’s Irish Night: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. Spain92 is one unusual restaurant and it is only fitting that they’re famous for their Irish Night. The 4 course prix fixe dinner with live Irish music, Irish step dancers, St. Anns of Hampton Pipes & Drums, an opening Irish Whiskey toast, Celtic Green Sangria and Irish Coffee is one incredible bargain at $55.00 per person. Some highlights of the dinner include: grilled salmon and champ, Irish beef stew and bread pudding with a Bailey’s Irish Cream sauce. This year will be their 8th year in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 1:30 p.m. The Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade was first held in 1984 and revived in 1991 after a couple of years absence. In recent years the parade has drawn as many as 20,000 people. The parade is sponsored by local corporations and run by local volunteers. It stresses it family focus more than any other parade in the state.
Union County St. Patrick’s Day
Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. in Union The Union County parade got its start in 1997. The organizers claim that it is the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New Jersey. The parade is proud to be a family friendly event and it is geared to engage children of all ages. It features Irish step dancers, bag pipe bands and clowns and face painters especially for kids. Parade day begins with a Mass in honor of St. Patrick at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth at 9:00 a.m. There are several events that lead up to the big day: a Nugent’s Membership Social on Sunday, February the 23, a Guinness Fun Run and Finnegan’s Wake on Saturday, March 1 and an Irish flag raising ceremony on Saturday, March 8 at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth.
N.J. St. Patrick’s Day: Jersey Shore
Atlantic County St. Patrick’s Day
Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. The Atlantic City St. Patricks Day Parade was founded in 1986 by a the owner of the Circle Tavern in Brigatine and a bartender at Surfside in Margate. The first parade had 1,000 participants and over 35,000 peoople in attendance. We will add more information as it is posted.
Cape May County St. Patrick’s Day
Wildwoods St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration: Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 12:00 noon The party starts at the North Wildwood City Hall at 11:30 and the parade begins at noon on Atlantic Avenue and proceeds to Olde New Jersey Avenue. The parade features marching bands, cheerleaders, firetrucks, local chapters of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Ladies Order, the Emerald Society and honor guard, the Knights of Columbus, the Anglesea Irish Society and more.
Monmouth County St. Patrick’s Day
Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 9, 2014 @ 12:00 noon Asbury Park will be holding their first Paddy’s parade this year. It starts at the boardwalk and travels through downtown to Main Street. The parade will feature floats, marching bands, neighborhood and school groups, cheerleaders, bagpipes, businesses and more. There will be a Grand Marshall Welcome Dinner in February. Commemorative long sleeve T Shirts are available from the Stone Pony.
Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 2, 2014 @ 12:30 p.m. The Belmar St. Patricks Day Parade was started 41 years ago on Main Street as a showcase for the “Irish Riviera” (a.k.a. Avon, Belmar, Lake Como and Spring Lake). Through the years the parade has grown tremendously. Today more than 5,500 marchers and more than 200,000 attend the fair. There are fund raisers coming up on January 19, 26, February 9. There is an evening of Irish culture with a 4 course dinner and an open bar on February the 28th. The event features a speaker on the Irish in the Civil War, Irish step dancers and Irish music.
Highlands St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 2:00 p.m. The Highlands parade is celebrating their 12th anniversary this year. It is sponsored by the Highlands Business Partnership. The parade features almost 100 marching units, bagpipers, marching bands, Irish step dancers, and Irish themed floats. The parade begins at Huddy Park on Shore Drive and proceeds down Bay Avenue. There will be a float competition with a trophy given to the winner. Some of the participants in the parade will be the Monmouth County Police & Fire Pipe & Drums, The Staten Island Pipe & Drum Corp, The Ocean County Emerald Society Pipe & Drums and the Pipe & Drums of the Atlantic Watch.
Keansburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. The Keansburg parade is in its 8th year. The parade starts at Beachway at Raritan Avenue and ends at Applejack’s Sport Bar & Grill. The U2 cover band 2U will perform after the parade at the bar. The parade features Irish bagpipers and marching community groups.
Keyport St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. The Keyport parade is celebrating their 9th anniversary this year. The parade starts at St. Joseph’s Church on Maple Place and ends at Fireman’s Park. The parade is sponsored and organized by the Keyport Fire Department. There will be a Raise the Pint Night on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at McDonagh’s Pub in Keyport to benefit the parade.
Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 9, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. The organizing for the Second Annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade is well under way. The first parade was a big success with over 800 participants and over 4,000 in attendance. The 2014 Parade will feature 8 bag pipe bands, floats, marching bands, Irish step dancers, antique cars, and much more. There are fundraisers coming up in the next few weeks on January 18, February 16, 28, March 2, 6, 9, 20 at local pubs and restaurants.
Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day
Shamrock & St. Patrick’s Day Festivals @ Laurita Winery, New Egypt: Saturdays & Sundays, March 8, 9, 15, 16, 2014, all day long: Laurita Winery is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on 2 consecutive weekends in March. The Shamrock Festival features Irish music and classic Irish dishes like corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew and Irish soda bread. For this weekend, the featured music is supplied by Tom Brett, Six Mile Cross, Ed Russell & Ballyhaunis and The Thomas Wesley Stern Band.
Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade @ Seaside Heights: Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 12:00 noon Seaside Heights has been hosting their parade for 30 years. The community sees the parade as the kickoff to tourism at the Jersey shore. There will be an Irish Wake held on February 16 at Hemingway and an Irish Night on March 1, 2014 at the Hillsborough-Manville ELKS. The Irish Night features live music, a buffet of corned beef and cabbage, Guinness and other beers for $40.00 per person.
N.J. St. Patrick’s Day: South Jersey
Burlington County St. Patrick’s Day
Burlington County St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March, 1, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m., Mount Holly The Mount Holly parade is the only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Jersey. The parade does not state how long they’ve been going. The festival does select a Miss St. Patrick like the Hamilton parade does. The parade features marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipe bands and community groups. There will be a Grand Marshal Dinner on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the High Street Grill and an after party with live Irish music on parade day.
Camden County St. Patrick’s Day
Camden County Emerald Society Pipes & Drums St. Patrick’s Day Party: Saturday, March, 1, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m., Collingswood The CCES Pipes & Drums will play for this party which features a buffet, draft beer and set ups for BYOB, a DJ, dancing and prizes all for $30.00 per person. The party will be held at the Collingswood Ballroom on White Horse Pike. The band will play 2 sets with their special guests.